Tag Archives: Leukemia

Stem cells: bone marrow transplants (BMT)

Early September 2016, on a late evening I received a call from the E.R (Emergency Room) that a young 18 year old boy’s family was seeking an emergency opinion from a hematologist for their son.

He was found to have severe pancytopenia [severe reduction of all three cell lines –Hemoglobin (Hb), white blood cells (WBCs) and platelets] noted on a blood count (CBC) done for progressive fatigue over a month, and new onset rashes all over his body since a day.

His evaluation revealed a related rare disorder of the bone marrow, called severe aplastic anemia (SAA), that occurs due to
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Schwartz ‘doing OK’ after stem cell transplant

Mandi Schwartz ’11 completed a crucial step in her battle with leukemia Wednesday afternoon.

The women’s hockey player received a long-awaited stem cell transplant at about 3:30 p.m. local time at the inpatient transplant unit of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance at the University of Washington Medical Center. The procedure took 32 minutes and there were no complications, said Dean Forbes, a spokesman for the cancer center.

Schwartz, a native of Saskatchewan, Canada has been in and out of chemotherapy for more than 20 months since first being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in December 2008. After months of searching for
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Pennsylvania hospital in Gamida-Teva stem cell study

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Western Pennsylvania Cancer Institute’s Dr. Entezam Sahovic: We are hopeful that this new technology will enable us to help more patients in need of transplants.

A joint venture between Gamida Cell and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. will carry out a study at Western Pennsylvania Hospital (WPH). WPH is currently enrolling patients for the study.
The ExCell study will assess the safety and efficacy of StemEx as a treatment for hematological malignancies, including leukemia and lymphoma, in a single arm, global, pivotal registration study.
StemEx is a graft of expanded stem/progenitor cells, derived from a single unit of umbilical cord blood
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Stem cell bank in King Abdulaziz Medical City

The King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh is getting ready to open a stem cell bank harvested from the umbilical cord. The procedure will be done in laboratories and specially equipped rooms to draw the cells from umbilical cord blood and separate them using a special device.

Then they will be stored in labs for a period from 15 to 20 years after examining them and making sure they are free of contagious and genetic diseases. In addition, a team will be prepared for coordinating, marketing and research within this field.

Girl’s Future Depends On Strangers

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Here’s a story about life that begins on the No. 2 toe — the one next to the big toe — on the right foot of Jasmina Anema. In early January, a red blip, the size of a bug bite, appeared. It got itchy, and she told her mom, Thea Anema.
“It looked like nothing,” the mother said. Then the foot started to swell. On the morning of Jan. 20, on their way to Jasmina’s kindergarten at Public School 141 in Greenwich Village, they stopped at the pediatrician’s office.

Her abdomen was swollen; a test found
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